IELTS, TOEFL Academic reading: Read quicker! I need more time!

 

There’s not enough time!

time-management

If only I had more time…I could do better if I had more time. I need more time.

Slow down! There are no short cuts!

Academic reading tests are hard because they don’t give you much time. You need to be able to read faster! Here are three simple tips that will help you read more quickly.

1. Change your way of thinking.

If you want to succeed you will have to ENJOY READING.

Read something you like – do you like football? Aeroplanes? Video Games?

FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO READ!

2. You will only get better at reading if you READ!

Read 1 article a day for 15 minutes. Try this for a month.

No excuses!

You can find good, free articles here.

guardianweekly2014_800_600_140908124808

f030083604

 

3. Learn to skim and scan

Reading techniques help you find information quickly.

Download our worksheet here.

improve reading

For more help with academic reading. Check out Richard L King’s book Teach Yourself IELTS reading.

41T94ydlU3L__SX382_BO1,204,203,200_

 

 

 


Big list of antonyms for academic English : IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC

6ecf6f2e91b30ed7a8f09f55034ca5ef

 

Here’s a great list of academic antonyms to help you with your IELTS speaking and writing.

Lists are great, but how can you use them? Do you learn them? Do you just read them? What do you do? Read the advice below.

  1. Read through this list and circle 10-15 antonym pairs that you don’t know and learn them. Test yourself on them.
  2. Read through the list. Choose ten hard pairs you don’t know, print them off and stick them on your wall / toilet wall / fridge door – anywhere you will look, often
  3. Play a game with them like the awesome word frog game http://www.arcademics.com/games/frog/frog.html
  4. Play pelmanism. Choose ten you think are useful. Write them on small pieces of paper. Put them face down on a table. Now turn each one over and try to match the pairs.

antonyms.png

 


The top ten idioms in English – IELTS /TOEFL / TOIEC speaking!

 

 

39500684a36a0263056f601fba1444951

I’ve done no research on this and so, there is no way  I can be sure that these are the top ten idioms used in English.

Adding idioms to your spoken language will make you sound more natural and more like a native speaker. But PLEASE DON’T use them all the time!

Choose two or three idioms that you like and remember them. Use them at the right time and don’t try to force them into every sentence.

idioms chris speck3

 

Answers:

1.g 2.j 3.a 4.i 5.b 6.h 7.c 8.d 9. f 10.e

Check out Richard King’s book for more help with your IELTS exams!

TYIR


Improve your IELTS and TOEFL reading: One article a day. No excuses.

The Olympics in Brazil made me think about training. Sorry if this sounds a bit angry!

Your brian is a muscle.

You need to train it.

The reading section of the IELTS exam is the hardest section because you need to be well trained at reading and have a huge vocabulary.

Here’s the training.

Choose the first article from the fantastic Guardian Weekly, an international broadsheet.  https://www.theguardian.com/weekly

guardianweekly2014_800_600_140908124808

One article a day. No excuses.

If you have a study partner. Get them to read it to and then TALK ABOUT it.

Read it in less than ten minutes.

Do not check all the words in the dictionary BUT if you feel there is an important word you should know then please do CHECK.

Do it everyday. No excuses.

but it’s boring…I have other work to do…I’m hungry…it’s late…I have to have some fun sometimes.

Success is your choice.

Please let me know how you get on!

For more help with your IELTS reading. Try Richard L King’s book.

41T94ydlU3L__SX382_BO1,204,203,200_


Improve your pronunciation, again – record an interview on your phone

pron

It’s hard to listen to your own voice when you are speaking. Use your mobile phone to record your voice while you interview yourself.

a)  Download or print out the worksheet below. Interview and record yourself on your mobile phone

worksheet.png

b) Read through the questions and practise what you are going to say. Add a couple more questions at the end.

c) Record your interview yourself on your mobile phone.

d) As you listen back to the recording, think about these things:

  • Was your pronunciation good. Were there any words you said badly or that didn’t sound correct?
  • Did you answer the questions completely?
  • Were you happy with the grammar you used?
  • Do you think you spoke too quickly or slowly?
  • What areas in your spoken English could you improve?

 


IELTS / Academic Reading skills – Survival Guide

confession_bear_grylls-164048

Here’s a lesson to help your IELTS / TOEFL / ESOL level 2 students get more practice in reading skills.

  1. Before students watch the  Bear Grylls video, have them discuss these questions in pairs.”Have you ever been to the desert? Where? When?” “What would you do if your car broke down in the desert fifty miles from anywhere?” Elicit their answers when they finish.

2. Explain that you are going to give students a top ten survival guide that they can put in their wallets and carry around with them. Print out a copy of 10 Survival Tips You Should Put In Your Wallet For Any Situation from toolbox.com by clicking the picture below. Survival guide

3. Put students into pairs, A and B. Explain that they are going to write some academic questions about the content. Have students A read section 1-5 and get students B to read 6-10. Give them ten minutes and each student must come up with questions for their content. Explain that  3 questions should be easy, 3 should be reasonably hard and 4 should be difficult. They should write:

  • 5 true / false / not given questions
  • 5 questions that can be answered in three words or less.

4. Get students to answer each other’s questions and then check the answers with each other.

5. IMPORTANT PART: Discuss with students how they found it when writing the questions – was it easy? Did they struggle to make them simple or tough? Did it help them understand how academic style tasks are written?

Apart from being a good academic reading task, the 10 survival reading tips are very interesting and are designed to fit into your wallet in case there is an apocalypse or something… they might come in handy one day…

For more help with IELTS reading, check out Richard L King’s epic, Teach Yourself IELTS reading here

TYIR

 

 

 

 

 


Reported Speech – a quick ppt to show your intermediate ESOL/EFL students

Here’s another one from the vaults, a good introduction or warmer for your ESOL or EFL class on reported speech.

Click here to download the ppt: reported_speech_arrange_the_sentences

There’s not much to say as it’s pretty straightforward. The first slide gets students to arrange the words into meaningful reported speech sentences (some of them have more than one possible answer). Once students have done this, get them to write the sentences down as they would be in direct speech as well.

The next ten slides all have pictures of people saying things that students can report back. Have them shout out the answers at you, write them down or even work with a partner or group to get them perfectly correct.

Here’s the ppt again https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/reported_speech_arrange_the_sentences.ppt

http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/